George “Golden Boy” Phelps grew up in the neighborhood. He found success doing what he loves; however his path wasn’t always smooth and easy. Yet, he persevered. Phelps recently dropped by to talk with Hoffman Middle School students to share his story and to inspire them to aspire higher but to be sure that they find doing something they love.
Phelps is a known hip-hop artist. He has worked with many musicians. Phelps is a known hip-hop artist. He has worked with many musicians, including Rick Ross, T-Pain, and Akron.
He didn’t shy away from sharing how there was a time when his mind was not in the right place. Phelps spent time jail. It was here that he came to realize he was meant to do something more. He needed to improve his life. It was during his incarceration that he came up with the idea of developing SkyTrues. Phelps visualized creating artistically painted eyewear. The idea sounded crazy. He created a pair for himself. Phelps received positive feedback and sold the eyewear his was wearing. This inspired him to move forward with the idea. Today SkyTrues go for as much as $300 a pair. Every pair is artistically crafted and hand-painted by Phelps. The “Picasso on Frames” has celebrity clients rocking his eyewear. They include Clyde Drexler, Dennis Rodman, Mike Tyson, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist George Clinton, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
While TrueSkies keeps Phelps busy, he continues to perform and write. He also recently achieved his dream of becoming a private chef.
His love of art and the desire to create started when he was in middle school. Phelps’ teacher, James Davis, encouraged him to pursue art. Davis even hosted Phelps’ first art exhibit at the campus. It is the reason he gives back to the community. And it is no coincidence that the spoke to Hoffman students during their art class period.
“I want young people to know I believe in them,” said Phelps. “I want them to open their eyes to the endless possibilities for their future. Art and creativity can be sources of inspiration.”
Phelps mentors young people in Fifth Ward and Boys and Girls Club Greater Houston. He also presents his message of not giving up on your dreams to other local schools.
Hoffman students enjoyed hearing Phelps’ message of hard work and persistence. The Hoffman Hornets are looking forward to Phelps’ visit during Career Day later this school year.
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